Philanthropy Today July 2022

Inside Philanthropy Article Features Deaconess President & CEO

We’re excited to share this article, “You Are Worthy; Let’s Go.” A Racial Justice Fund in St. Louis Plans a 100-Year Commitment to Change, from Inside Philanthropy featuring Deaconess President & CEO Bethany Johnson-Javois. Read the full article (pdf)

Black Lives Matter: An Institutional Commitment

Deaconess Foundation envisions a community that values the health and well-being of all children and gives priority attention to the most vulnerable. This community only thrives if the allocation of power and distribution of resources, benefits, opportunities, and burdens are not predictable by, nor predicated on race. This vision and recent events have called us to reflect on our journey, …

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Racial Healing Is Critical to [Economic] Recovery

by Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson On April 14, when St. Louis was under shelter-in-place orders due to COVID-19, Walter Johnson, a Missouri native and professor at Harvard University released a new book. Weaving national taproots from the slave trade and Indian Wars through the police killing of Michael Brown, Jr., the text is entitled The Broken Heart of America: St. …

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How Do You Handle Black Death?

by Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson Yesterday, I yelled at my sons. I am no saint. It was not the first time. But it was different. This was not simply a ‘you can make better grades than this’ or ‘why can’t you keep your room clean’ moment. I went off. They were being boys. Playing their Nintendo Switch games. Because my …